The Painful Expenditure of Tennis Lessons- How To Select The Right Professional
Tennis is a part of my life, always has been, and always will be. In the last ten years (give or take a few) thanks to personalities like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams, tennis has seen an unprecedented boom in popularity. Tennis is a sport that can be played by everyone. No matter what your goals within the sport may be, it has never been easier to pick up a racket and start playing. Except for one troubling issue.
All of us need to make a living, but when it comes to tennis lessons, should you be paying $25 per hour, or $80 per hour for a lesson?
The expression “you get what you pay for” springs to mind.
To make a simple analogy, when we go to the grocery store, we don’t always pick up the cheapest option to satisfy our needs.
Because we prefer to pay slightly more for quality. When it comes to paying for tennis lessons, the concept is no different.
So, how do you select the coach who is right for you?
Selecting a coach should not be an easy decision. When i select my doctor or my dentist, I don’t pick the first one who appears on a google search. It is a well thought out decision, usually due to the influx of positive reviews, or a trusted reference. Picking the right tennis professional should be no different.
It is important to look beyond a professional’s playing history, and to gain information on their teaching accolades and style as well. Your ability level and objectives should also make a difference in your selection. If you are looking for lessons for a young child who is completely new to the sport, it is essential to select a professional who is not only highly patient and well specialized to working with young children, but also has a concrete understanding of how to teach the fundamental mechanics of technique. It is too easy for young players to develop issues in their technique later in their development due to improper coaching they received when they were starting out. Somebody who is looking to compete at a high level, or obtain a college scholarship will want to search for a professional who has been in that same situation, and competed at a similar level.
Make sure you match your requirements with the resume of your selected professional to ensure an environment which will lead to maximum improvement.
Now, when it comes to the finances behind the lessons, it does not always make sense to elect the most expensive coach, just as it does not make sense to elect the cheapest. For example, a junior looking for a fun and patient experience does not necessarily need to spend upwards of $100 an hour with a past touring professional. It might be more beneficial to go with someone who charges half the amount, but works great with beginners, and has experience with that level of player.
Don’t let the price tag become the most important factor in your decision.
As another example, if you or your child are looking to reach a high level of performance — such as becoming a professional player or obtaining a college scholarship, selecting a coach who has experienced that level of play is a necessity. This is likely to come at a slightly higher cost, but is an expenditure that will be worth it in the long run.
Many people scour the internet in search of a professional with the resume to match what they are looking for. Often when they find that professional and the hourly rate is a little more expensive, they elect to look for a cheaper candidate to match their valuation. Smart way to save a few bucks, right?
Yes, perhaps they have been lucky and saved a few dollars in the short term, but the key phrase in that sentence is “short term”.
Let’s say you purchase a cheaper pair of tennis shoes, they are inexpensive and will cost you less money up front, but they will deteriorate quicker, causing you to have to buy another pair in relatively quick succession.
Your lessons are no different.
Paying a cheaper rate may get you more lessons at a lower cost in the short term, but if you are not developing at a quick rate through those lessons, you will have to pay more over a long period of time to reach the same level — or you may not reach that level at all.
Of course, it is not quality alone that determines the cost of a teaching professional. The location of where they teach and the demand of that individual will also make a difference. For example, a coach teaching in Orange County, California is likely to charge more than a coach of the same ability teaching out of Barton County, Kansas. Make sure you take this into consideration when you believe a professional’s rate is too high.
Another thing to consider is where the professional is teaching, and whether they have any teaching certifications — although this doesn’t necessarily mean a good or bad teaching professional. Is the coach teaching at a club? If the answer is yes, the chances are pretty good that the professional comes with good experience and is capable of delivering high quality instruction.
Don’t allow your decision to be dictated by cost. If there is an affordable coach with the requirements appropriate to you or your child, fantastic! But don’t look to save a few dollars by sacrificing the quality of the lessons you are getting.
Remember, just like any product, if you are not satisfied, you can always look to appoint the services of another.
Hopefully you enjoyed this article, if you have any questions regarding the information or are looking for assistance in finding the right professional, please feel free to reach me directly at email@example.com.
See you on the court!